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Did a meteor fireball change the course of Christianity?

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Paul converted to Christianity after experiencing a bright light and a divine voice while he traveled on a road towards Damascus in Syria, as depicted in this painting by Michelangelo, but it may have been a meteor
It was a vision that apparently led the biblical Paul to become one of the most influential figures in early Christianity by helping to spread the religion around the world.

But now astronomers believe the bright light in the sky that triggered the conversion of Paul the Apostle may have actually been a falling meteor 2,000 years ago.

They say descriptions of Paul's experience - in which he was blinded for three days after seeing a bright light - match accounts of the fireball that streaked across the sky above Chelyabinsk in Russia in 2013.

Dr William Hartmann, co-founder of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, examined three accounts of Paul's conversion in the Bible.

Comment: This is SOOO bogus. Paul himself NEVER says he had such a vision and HIS evidence is to the contrary. It was a fairy tale made up by the author of the book of Acts.


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Strange roar heard Sunday night across southern Wisconsin

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A roaring sound caught the attention of people across a widespread region of southern Wisconsin around 8:15 p.m. Sunday.

The sound seemed louder and longer than an airline plane would make, and it was heard in Beloit, Milton, Evansville, Albany, Monticello and Monroe as well as Janesville, according to Facebook comments.

One commenter from Brodhead said it made her house vibrate.

It was raining but not windy in Janesville at the time.

One commenter suggested the sound was from a meteor, and indeed, roaring sounds have been attributed to meteors in the past, news reports indicate.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office and Rock County 911 center said it had received no calls about the phenomenon or any damage.

A 911 official checked with the National Weather Service in Sullivan, where officials had no radar contacts or weather events that might explain the noise.

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Luminescent green fireball spotted in Durham, Newcastle, North Yorkshire and Cumbria, UK

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A spectacular fireball has been seen streaking across the sky by people across the North-East and further afield.

A luminescent green ball, which burned brightly for several seconds as it plunged earthward, could have been caused by an object no bigger than a pea.

It is thought it could have been an early arrival of the Lyrid meteor shower expected to begin tonight (Thursday, April 16) - caused when the earth passes through the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher.

The larger-than-average meteor fell in the northern skies at 9.25pm last night with sightings in County Durham, Newcastle, North Yorkshire, and Cumbria. It was first reported online by The Northern Echo's website.

Amateur astronomer Martin Whipp, of Ripon, North Yorkshire, said: "I was heading back home driving parallel to the A1 near Boroughbridge when I saw it.

"It was magnitude -5, which is slightly bigger than Venus and was visible for two to three seconds before it broke up into pieces as it came down. It was slightly greenish in colour."

Mr Whipp, who has been a member of the York Astronomical Society for more than 20 years, said: "It was a fireball. Anything brighter than Venus is classed as a fireball. Anything smaller than that is just a meteor.

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Fireball recorded over Alabama

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The meteor's path is shown on this map from WHNT News 19 on Valleywx.com.
A fireball was recorded over Alabama at about 1:15 a.m. by NASA cameras in Huntsville and in Tullahoma, Tenn., Dr. Bill Cooke with NASA confirmed to AL.com news partner WHNT News 19.

The meteor was recorded 45 miles above Carrollton in Pickens County, west of Tuscaloosa before it burned out at about 18 miles, according to WHNT's report on Valleywx.com.

It had been traveling north at 42,000 miles per hour before extinguishing.


Comment: Fireballs have been making a pretty dramatic appearance across the globe. Check out:

  • Exploding meteor filmed over Slovakia and Hungary
  • Fireball lights up sky over Nova Scotia
  • Fireball over Cordoba, Spain March 31st 2015



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Exploding meteor filmed over Slovakia and Hungary

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Meteor burns up in the sky, creating a flash of light shortly before dusk in eastern Slovakia
The spectacular moment a meteor plummets towards a city in Slovakia before dissolving in a flash of light has been captured on camera.

The 'out-of-this-world' action was spotted by hundreds of worried people in the eastern part of Slovakia shortly before dusk on April 6 - who feared the asteroid would crash into their homes.

Lasting only a few seconds, the clip shows the meteor racing rapidly towards earth.

A split second later there is a flash of a fireball, before the bright yellow light quickly disintegrates and disappears.

It was filmed and uploaded to YouTube by a user called NikoLas Vegas, who said he was initially concerned the object would have crash-landed onto earth when he saw it at 7.34pm local time.


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Big fireball over Puerto Rico

Translated by Sott.net

A huge fireball was seen over the skies of Puerto Rico early last night.

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Fireball over Puerto Rico - April 3, 2015
The Astronomical Society of the Caribbean (SAC) reported that it was a space rock that disintegrated over our skies around 7:42 pm last Friday.

"We received reports from one end to another throughout the island, as many observers were able to see it from towns like Rincon, Ponce, San Juan, and even Vieques," said SAC.


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Fireball over Cordoba, Spain - March 31st, 2015

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Fireball recorded over Cordoba on March 31st, 2015. The event was produced by a fragment from a comet.


Comment: This is a different fireball from the one seen over Toledo on March 30, 2015:

Fireball passes over the province of Toledo, Spain


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Fireball passes over the province of Toledo, Spain

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Second fireball over Toledo in less than one month.
A fireball travelling at 45,000 kilometres per hour was seen from the province of Toledo this week - the second time this year.

The burning rock, a chunk of an asteroid, flew through the skies above the central region of Castilla-La Mancha at 04.39hrs on Monday, say astronomers from the observatory in La Hita, near Toledo.

It was about 26 kilometres up from the ground when it was first spotted, having firstly sailed across the horizon over nearby Espinosa del Rey at 85 kilometres up.


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Fireball streaks across California's Bay Area

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© Howard Edin, Oklahoma City Astronomy Club
Example of a typical fireball.
From Concord to Davis, and as far south as Palo Alto, seven sky watchers spotted a fireball streaking across the sky Monday night after 8 p.m., burning in oranges, yellows, and even purples before fragmenting and disintegrating overhead.

Spring is "fireball" season when a 30 percent increase in meteors is observed around earth, and Monday night's reports of a fireball over the Bay Area are exactly what NASA and astronomers hope to track.

"Forrest L" in Concord reported to the American Meteor Society, "This was the brightest meteor I can recall having seen. It passed about a hand span or two from the moon and seemed brighter. I could not tell if it 'burned out' or disappeared behind the clouds. My first sight of it was directly overhead, and fully bright, not faded-in as most meteors do, so I believe it started behind me. It moved much faster than an airplane."

"Greg M" in Martinez wrote in, "I ran into the house to tell everyone to get away from the windows."

Some reported hearing a sound, while most others heard nothing, but many saw a burning trail of cosmic debris.

NASA's Alex Kasprak writing for Science@NASA and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center explains the March-April "Fireball Season" saying, "The reason why is still unknown, but one hypothesis is that more space debris litters this section of Earth's orbit. In search of the answer, NASA scientists set up a network of ground cameras that track and record video of meteors flaming overhead. The footage can be used to pinpoint a meteor's orbit and origin. Watch the video to learn more."

Comment: Perseids, Lyrids, Geminids, Leonids, Draconids, Orionids, Aquarids, Taurids -Meteor showers in 2015


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Fireball lights up sky over Nova Scotia

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People across Nova Scotia took to social media Tuesday after seeing a ball of fire in the night sky.

Astronomer David Lane, director of the observatory at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, said it was likely a bright meteor called a fireball.

He said that while they are not rare, they do usually pass by in the middle of the night when most people are sleeping.

Comment: Fireballs certainly do "happen all the time" and they're happening quite a bit more with each following year:

Fireball Tally